The week of March 1, 2015

The State of Gaming 2015
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The unstoppable rise of mobile gaming

By Dennis Scimeca

Resistance is futile: The mobile game revolution is here.

Quote of the week

“We are making progress toward greater inclusion and less toxicity. It’s a natural process, like evolution, and the good news is that it can’t be stopped.”

—Gary Whitta

Features

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Everything I know about homelessness I learned from SimCity

By Aaron Sankin

In SimCity, art imitates life—and not in a flattering way.

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Building the perfect gaming PC

By Dennis Scimeca

The ultimate rig could be yours for less than $1,500.

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The complete history of LGBT video game characters

By Jack Flanagan

The fight for gay rights isn’t limited to real-world spaces.

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Why Never Alone is so much more than a video game

By Dennis Scimeca

In Never Alone, you journey through the living history of the Iñupiat.

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Battling depression through video games

By Tim Sampson

Gaming is no longer a lonely pursuit

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Me IRL: Gary Whitta

By Lisa Granshaw

The acclaimed screenwriter knows all about ethics in video game journalism.

Opinion

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Life, love, and labyrinths: Why I play video games

By Kate Cox

A love letter to the beautiful, frustrating, tragic, challenging, and entirely incomparable gaming universe.

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The sad truth about Oculus Rift

By Mike Wehner

The much-hyped “future of gaming” isn’t what it seems.

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3 ways to design better women in video games

By Ayla Arthur

It’s not as hard as you think.

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The problem in the gaming industry no one is talking about

By Matt Oztalay

We need to demystify the gaming industry.

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Celebrating the weird and unexplored in indie game development

By Rami Ismail

Indie developers are taking games where no one else dares.